Okay I’ve dragged the Bloody Disgusting Selects rollout long enough. Rammbock: Berlin Undead and Chop were good but The Woman and Cold Fish were ugly. Atrocious was boring, The Pack was ludicrous, and Outcast was an interesting premise hobbled with extremely obvious storytelling in the third act. That leaves only two Bloody Disgusting Selects left and I’d like to get them both out of the way briefly.
Phase 7 (2011) – Rated R
“When a deadly outbreak of influenza holds the residents of a quarantined apartment building hostage, Coco and his pregnant wife, Pipi, must form a tentative partnership with an unstable but well-stocked neighbor.”
I enjoyed this post-apocalyptic thriller from Argentina. Yes it’s subtitled. There are no zombies and it doesn’t really qualify as horror. Like most of the Bloody Disgusting Selects, it is quirky which is a good deal of its charm. It is not exciting or scary but is a fun watch.
It does have some problems. The foremost is that it is difficult to build sympathy for the lead character who seems to go where the wind blows. His wife, despite being trapped in the apartment building with him, is practically a non-entity and when she is on screen, she is rather unpleasant. The other characters are fascinating however.
YellowBrickRoad (2010) – Rated R
“A small team of explorers heads into the New Hampshire wilderness to investigate the unexplained disappearance of the residents of Friar, who left their homes 70 years earlier — without their money, their clothes or a word about where they went.”
Like Outcast, YellowBrickRoad is a fascinating misfire. The basic premise is sound, parts of the script are simply wonderful, several of the characters are intriguing, and some of the violence is very impressive.
That said the characters are not introduced well, the script meanders on unimportant points and races through the important ones, sound drops in and out, and the non-intriguing characters are basically interchangeable.
YellowBrickRoad is worth a watch because it is quite different but I warn you that it will be a frustrating experience.